Australia and Pakistan are scheduled to face each other in a 5-match ODI series which kick-starts from March 22 in Sharjah which would be hosting its 236th ODI. The World Cup preparations would be on the mind of the two teams which will make this series even more enthralling for sure.
Pakistan, on the other hand, were taken down abruptly against South Africa in their last international tour as they were clean swept 5-0 in the ODI series. After a devastating show in South Africa, the selectors took some harsh decisions and have axed 6 players from that squad which also includes the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. Shoaib Malik will be leading a newly built Pakistan line-up in Sarfraz’s absence which has some new faces among the old ones.
Australia vs Pakistan TEAM NEWS
- Australia have included Kane Richardson in the squad who missed-out in the series against India due to injury.
- An illness may force Glenn Maxwell to sit out of the first ODI.
- Pakistan have named 6 changes in their setup following the debacle in South Africa.
- Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi have been rested for this series.
- Umar Akmal has been given a chance in the ODI squad once again along with Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, and Yasir Shah. Abid Ali is a new face in the line-up.
Australia vs Pakistan Squad
Aaron Finch (c),Jhye Richardson,Kane Richardson,Jason Behrendorff,Glenn Maxwell,Ashton Turner,Marcus Stoinis,Nathan Lyon,Adam Zampa,Usman Khawaja,Shaun Marsh,Peter Handscomb,Alex Carey,Pat Cummins,Nathan Coulter-Nile